Why Dion Waiters Is the Cleveland Cavaliers’ Biggest Trade Chip to Dangle

June 24th, 2014 by Zach Buckley Leave a reply »

Although the draft lottery has treated them quite well, the Cleveland Cavaliers could look to put their annual ventures into the ping pong ball pull behind them.

The Cavs want to win now. Actually, they wanted to win last year, which is why they placed free-agent bets on Jarrett Jack and Andrew Bynum before trading for Luol Deng and Spencer Hawes.

After a disappointing 33-win season, Cleveland is still searching for its first playoff berth of the post-LeBron James era. That pursuit might lead the Cavaliers to the trade market, where combo guard Dion Waiters could prove far more valuable than he's been as a member of the franchise.

The former Syracuse standout has had something of a square-peg-in-round-hole existence in Cleveland. If he's the answer to an NBA question, it's not one the Cavs are currently asking.

Cleveland could use a floor spacer alongside All-Star point guard Kyrie Irving, someone comfortable with working off the ball and capable of doing damage in the process.

Waiters, a career 34.2 percent three-point shooter, needs touches to be effective. He ...

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